March 7th, 2021-For Immediate Release
Kincardine Pride-International Women’s Day
International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women since 1911. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Kincardine Pride President, Fort Papalia, sees the intersection of IWD and Pride. “Both IWD and Pride are born out of repression, discrimination and most disturbingly, violence and persecution, usually at the hands of men and male-dominated organizations. Violence and persecution against people who sought nothing more than the equality and equity that should be a birthright”.
Thankfully, significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality. IWD, like Pride, celebrates all we have accomplished and all that is yet to come. Taking a note from CUPE Ontario President, Fred Hahn, Kincardine Pride Parade Director, Dave Trumble sees a future “where no one will ever know a time when IWD and Pride are not celebrated. There is no taking a step back”.
International Women's Day (IWD), marked annually on March 8th, is one of the most important days of the year to:
- celebrate women's achievements
- raise awareness about women's equality
- lobby for accelerated gender parity
- fundraise for female-focused charities
Having to say that women are an equity seeking group as we are one fifth of the way through the twenty first century is a tragedy. Unfortunately, the pervasive systemic discrimination that still exists finds women, often caregivers to both parents and children, too often trapped in economically, socially and physically vulnerable situations, both at home and in the workplace. COVID-19 has shone a harsh light on this. As we approach IWD 2021 we must see March the 8th as not only a day of celebration, but of rededication to remove this systemic discrimination in every corner of our existence.
Charter support for advancing and accelerating gender parity and LGBTQ parity is in the DNA of organized labour. Allies of all those seeking social justice, the labour movement is a natural ally of Pride and IWD. For decades labour has played a significant role, but perhaps none more so than the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Women’s Committee. The committee was formed in 1976. Members of the committee organized and mobilized demonstrations, strike support, civil disobedience, marches, and lobbies to name but a few activities. Amongst many issues we find, maternity leave, ending racist immigration policies, equal pay for work of equal value, family law reform, childcare, full access to reproductive rights and midwifery, an end to violence against women, LGBTQ rights, and union recognition.
In 2021 the Women’s Movement, Pride and Labour are long standing allies in the fight against systemic repression of targeted groups. As we look beyond 2021 and COVID-19 the world will see a successful recovery only if the recovery works for everyone. Allies in the pursuit of social justice will lead the recovery and this year let us celebrate IWD and dedicate ourselves to ally with a recovery and a future of equality, equity and social justice. Kincardine Pride is pleased and proud to wish everyone a happy, safe and optimistic International Women’s Day.
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